Prufrockstar (1128) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, picked up from Belmont Station. After the Cali Brandy Huna, it seemed only right to open the only other brandy barrel aged imperial stout Iíve seen. Pours dark brown with a thin ring of bubbles and spotty lacing. Aroma -- chocolate, bitter coffee, some dark fruits. Brandy is a little harsh on this. Metallic notes as well (bummer). Medium body, slick texture. Overall: okay. Probably better than okay, but tastings are rough for beers like this, I think, unless they come out early. Maybe in isolation, with plenty of time to get to know this Sexy Betty, Iíd find more to like, and the rating may bump up a few tenths, but surrounded by so many others, this Betty is rather plain.
Beergeek23322 (2467) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/14/2014. On tap at Belmont Station in Portland. Pours black with a beige head. Thick and robust with boozy aromas. Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and dark fruit. A bit sweet from the oak, but a lot of alcohol on the finish.
rhsiung (824) - USA - FEB 11, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
25.4-oz bottle from beercornerusa/beertopia. worth the bucks. big creamy head, barrel in the background. i could drink this all day. maybe i will.
jdb288 (576) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours solid black with minimal to no lacing. Aroma is alcohol, hint of roasted coffee. Taste is astringent brandy, bittersweet chocolate malt. I donít find the two very complementary. Short, dry finish.
I wanted to like this one so much more. Previous brandy barrel beers have been well received but this didnít hit the mark as well. Not bad at all but not up to my expectation.
DesertDevil (542) - Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750-mL bottle. Sharp nose of rhubarb, anise, roasted malt, burnt plastic, dark chocolate, and slight brandy sweetness. Murky brown in appearance with no head. Sweet chocolate and brandy compete with soy sauce on the taste. Decent, but I like Black Betty better.
mogydirt (13) - simi valley, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best beers that i have spent some coin on. It pours very dark with a nice colored head. Smells like hints of brandy, chocolate and slight fruity notes. Taste of chocolate with coffee notes, slight fruit, slight oak and brandy. Pretty strong brew so it was a sipper. Great beer.
jcnielsen (2250) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Vail. Pours a black color with tan head. Roasty, sweet, bourbon aroma and flavors. Pretty nice.
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque, light absorbing black with a large, frothy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, perfume and pine hops, dates and figs, prunes and licorice with vanilla, alcohol, and oak. Flavor is sweet dark malt, vanilla, brandy, oak, figs and dates, spicy hops and light bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3745) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2, thanks! Pours opaque black with thick, tan head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, vanilla, prunes, raisins, alcohol spice, and oak. Flavor is roast malts forward with dark fruit esters, brandy, light earthy hop bitterness, light vanilla, and chocolate; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
ajax25g (62) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Travlr! Lots of raisin, fig, and chocolate on the nose. Taste is similar. Thankfully itís not hot.